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Great White Victims' Relatives Protest 'Lenient' Sentence


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LATEST: The families of the 100 people killed in a blaze at a Great White gig in 2003 have expressed outrage at the lenient sentences handed out to the venue's co-owners.
MICHAEL and JEFFREY DERDERIAN pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter at The Station nightclub in Rhode Island and were sentenced last month (21SEP06).
Michael will serve four years in a minimum security prison, while his sibling has been handed a suspended 10-year sentence.
But JAY MCLAUGHLIN, the brother-in-law of victims SANDY and MICHAEL HOOGASIAN, insists they've been left off too lightly and berates Judge Francis Darigan for not considering relatives' feelings.
He fumes, "Lady Justice in Rhode Island is blind, but she's also deaf."
Both Derderian brothers have expressed remorse at the tragic event. Jeffrey said before sentencing: "The fire moved so fast. I was scared. I wish I did a better job.
"There are many days that I wish I didn't make it out of that building, because if I didn't, maybe some of these families would feel better. I know you would have liked it if I died too."

Great White Manager Pleads Guilty To 100 Manslaughter Charges


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LATEST: Heavy rock group Great White's former manager will plead guilty to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter stemming from April 2003's deadly nightclub fire.

Superior court judge Francis Darigan, 29, announced yesterday (31JAN06) that Daniel Biechele has agreed to change his plea to guilty on some counts, in order to receive a reduced jail sentence.

Biechele will enter the plea next week (beg06FEB06) and serve no more than 10 years in prison under the terms of a deal he made with prosecutors.

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